20 thoughts on “People or Calla Lillies? Which are there more of?

  1. I was just there last Monday and it was clear that the stream had raged through the canyon during our 3 weeks of storms. Where the Calla lilies were in full bloom last year, they had now full bare patches where they had been washed away. As we walked toward the ocean, pieces of their stalks were visible. Very sad. I hope enough bulbs remain to bloom more again next year. Would I go there on a weekend?
    Never! Too many people.

  2. All I can think of viewing this photo is the many people trampling over the beautiful calla lillies that hung on through storms and cold! I guess I have become a curmudgeon. So Be It.

  3. Indeed so many invasive calla Lillie’s!
    How a they be mitigated !
    What will the local animals eat if there is nothing for them but the poisonous flowery scourge?
    How can we exterminate the seemingly inexorable, hated blight on our local fauna?

  4. Watching from Idaho. It may have been 8 below zero here last night but there aren’t too many people…

  5. It will be interesting to see how well this patch of calla lilies survives in coming years with yet more and more vistorship and disrespect to the very objects of affection. At least the degradation of this calla lily environment is not as significant as it would be if they were a native plant.

  6. this image and crowd proves exactly the validity and necessity of never disclosing the location of anything remotely appealing/attractive/interesting. the perils of social media and the fools that will descend in such numbers as to ruin the very thing that was nice to begin.

  7. This specific location is somehow marked on Google Maps in both English & Chinese, which greatly contributes to its popularity. Google is opaque on how to remove this careless label. I believe some South Coasters have dealt with this problem regarding incorrectly labeled road closures in the past, perhaps a neighbor has a contact at Google?

  8. Sorry these calla lilies are not native to Big Sur and so are considered an invasive plant that I wish State Parks would get rid of like they have been and are doing with the invasive sea fig (ice plant) all along the coast.

  9. To the people commenting about the lilies not being Native, so’ no great loss’…what about the impact of all these people on the SURROUNDING NATIVE HABITAT!!? And native habitats all up and down the highway. Too many people.

  10. I believe the California Coastal Commission is supposed to be both protecting and overseeing this issue along with the County. If I’m not mistaken you can find this all within our Big Sur Land Use Plan document for all of the Big Sur area. One example …

    Shoreline Access
    Because preservation of the land in its natural state is the highest priority, the County’s basic policy is that all future access must be subordinate to this objective. Care must be taken that while providing public access, that the beauty of the coast, its tranquility, and the health of its environment, are not marred by public overuse or carelessness. Visual access should be emphasized throughout Big Sur as an appropriate response to the needs of visitors. (LUP, 2.2.5, pg.7)

  11. Big Sur Land Use Plan

    3.2.1 Key Policy

    Recognizing the Big Sur coast’s outstanding beauty and its great benefit to the people of the State and Nation, it is the County’s objective to preserve these scenic resources in perpetuity and to promote the restoration of the natural beauty of visually degraded areas wherever possible. To this end, it is the County’s policy to prohibit all future public or private development visible from Highway 1 and major public viewing areas (the critical viewshed), and to condition all new development in areas not visible from Highway 1 or major public viewing areas on the siting and design criteria set forth in Sections 3.2.3, 3.2.4, and 3.2.5 of this plan. This applies to all structures, the construction of public and private roads, utilities, lighting, grading and removal or extraction of natural materials. (LUP, 3.2, pg.10)

  12. Written policies are useless without enforcement, therein lies the rub. Personally, I’d take calla lilies, ice plant or even pampas grass over hordes of unruly tourists.

  13. in 1967, several of us rented the little green “real estate” office South of Garrapata bridge while we worked constructing a house further down the road. I remember finding the callas and spending the entire day ( a Sunday) on that beach with a few friends, without seeing anyone else. how things have changed!!!

  14. This spot has gone viral causing another destination location along Highway 1. Calla Lillies are native to South Africa and our considered an invasive non-native. State Parks needs to remove from creek and bring back to native habitat and prevent another unsafe congested area along the highway.

  15. Don’t worry about calla lilies recovering from floods or trampling. Unfortunately, they’re hard to eradicate and respond well to disturbance.

  16. Hey Patrick … were you sharing the old real estate office back then with a guy called Hutch, drove an old 50’s GMC or Ford panel truck?

  17. The situation yesterday at Garapata was out of hand. It was a crazed frenzy beyond belief. It took me more than 30 minutes to get a half a mile due to the situation of people much like Point Lobos on some days. vehicles just blocking the road waiting for one vehicle to be loaded up with its occupants to slowly and painfully pull out while the other vehicle slowly and painfully pulls in and holds up the whole parade while several buzzing drones hovered over head disturbing the peacefulness and the beauty of our precious coast. This happened again, and again and again, and I was late for work. Interesting enough I whizzed right through Bixby, which would’ve been the normal nightmare on a three day weekend but because social media and Google maps stressed the importance of witnessing the Calla lilies in Calla lily Canyon the madness was there and not at Bixby. So California state parks at Asilomar beach where I pretty much grew up became hell-bent on removing every single little twig of non-native plant variety. Yet they allow the calla lilies in the now famous Calla Lily canyon, a non-native evasive plant from South Africa to thrive!!
    It just makes no sense. Thank you for reading my long winded post.

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